The Dallas Morning News business columnist Robert Miller writes about the Allen Meyer Family endowment for Parish Episcopal Head of School Dave Monaco which will help fund many aspects of the school's programming including the Academy of Global Studies and Parish Virtual.
The Parish Episcopal School has named its head of school position after Dallas businessman Allen Meyer.
The Allen Meyer Family Head of School is Parish’s first named endowment chair.
Meyer’s family has been active at Parish for nearly 25 years. His late wife, Linda, was the school’s first college guidance counselor, and his daughters, Katie and Amy, are both graduates. Katie returned to Parish and taught fourth grade for two years, and Amy is active on the school’s alumni board and Strategic Planning Committee.
An entrepreneur, Meyer has owned a number of local businesses as well as all of the Borden dairy operations in the U.S.
Over the last two decades, he as been an adviser to both the school and its head of school.
Meyer was chairman of the Parish board for two consecutive terms from 1995 through 1999. He was later named trustee emeritus and still serves in that capacity.
In 1999, when former head of school Gloria Snyder shared her vision to expand the Parish Day School, Meyer made a $1 million contribution to the cause. At the time, Parish Day served students through sixth grade; after 2001, the school expanded to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and was renamed Parish Episcopal.
Meyer also helped raise money to buy an I.M. Pei-designed building used to accommodate the expansion. The school raised $21.5 million to turn the former Exxon Mobil Research Center into a middle and upper school.
Meyer recently committed $1 million to help expand Parish programs, including the Academy of Global Studies to enhance science education and the Parish Virtual online program. He has now given a total of $2.5 million to the private school.
Meyer was actively involved in the nationwide search three years ago that brought head of school Dave Monaco from the Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C.
“Allen has an uncanny feel for Parish, one developed over the many years he and his family have been involved with the school,” Monaco said. “This, combined with his insights on the Dallas community and leadership in general, have made him an invaluable resource for me.”
Founded in 1972, Parish now has 1,150 students. It’s a coeducational college preparatory day school that offers 18 sports, three club sports and arts programs including choral and instrumental music, drama, film, journalism, speech, photography and sculpture.
Pre-kindergarten through second grade students study at the Hillcrest Campus at the corner of Spring Valley and Hillcrest roads. Students in the third through 12th grades have classes at the Midway Campus at the corner of Midway and Alpha roads.
Nearly 100 students will graduate as the Class of 2012 on May 27 at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
To learn more about Parish Episcopal School, visit parishepiscopal.org or call 972-239-8011 or 800-909-9081.